Lee County Sheriff To Supervise City Officers

Keokuk, IA – One Lee County community is getting some law enforcement assistance from the sheriff's department. Lee County has reached an agreement with West Point that would allow the department to supervise the city's reserve officers, until a new police chief is hired. West Point has been without an active police chief for several weeks. Sheriff Buck Jones, who will serve as interim chief, says under Iowa law, a reserve officer has no authority if they are not under the supervision of a certified officer. Under the agreement, the sheriff's department shall also provide periodic training for the reserve officers. The county will recieve $150 per month and the agreement will end once West Point has a new police chief. City Administrator Art White says the position is currently being advertised and he hopes to have a new chief in place by early October, if not sooner.